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Soda Canyon Overlook Trail

EASY 94 reviews
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Soda Canyon Overlook Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 59 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Directions from Park Headquarters: Clearly marked trailhead about 1/4 miles past the Balcony House parking lot.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Really easy gravel path with three overlooks of soda canyon and balcony house. Partially shaded.

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice hike! It was great to get out of the car for a while and onto a pleasant trail with good views.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike with amazing views!!

hiking
3 months ago

If your looking for a short, simple trail this is it. It took about 30-40 min including stopping at the 3 overlooks. It’s a nearly entirely gravel trail, so easy to navigate with just gym shoes. The description says it’s a populated hike, but we only saw a few people.

hiking
3 months ago

Short, relatively easy walk to the edge of the canyon with views of Balcony House and the far side of the canyon.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail with great views of the canyon and Balcony House.

hiking
6 months ago

Was an easy trail for a big guy. Views were worth it.

7 months ago

Easy trail. Nice canyon views at the end.

recorded Soda Canyon Overlook Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Nice walk. Fairly level. Nice views into the canyon.

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

Short hike out to view the cliff dwellings with a toddler. Also spotted a black bear in the creek below us which was really neat!

hiking
Sun Jul 08 2018

Easy walk for some pretty views. Overall not as scenic.

Sat Jun 16 2018

Quick trail and you can see the cliff dwellings.

Tue May 22 2018

Nice flat trail. Not very long. Great views. Saw a rattlesnake during our hike so be careful.

Mon May 21 2018

Vey easy trail, would not even call it a hike. Awesome view of Balcony House and the canyon, not much else. Should take around a half hour to complete.

hiking
Wed Apr 25 2018

Nice views at the end of the trail. Bring your binoculars!

hiking
Thu Apr 19 2018

Easy out and back trail. Not much along the trail itself. A little up and down but not much. The view is so-so if you've just seen Cliff Palace, which we did so these ruins were not as spectacular. Then, some views of the canyons.

Tue Apr 17 2018

This hike is pretty easy, and it took less than 30 minutes. It has a good lookout to some of the dwellings.

hiking
Sun Nov 05 2017

Super easy nice views of the dwellings. 20-30 min hike.

Sat Aug 19 2017

great views of Balcony House! not too much of a hike though, can for sure do this with kids

hiking
Mon Jul 17 2017

Nice easy hike with views of the canyon and Balcony House. As always, it gets hot, so bring water.

hiking
Wed Jul 05 2017

Quick and easy walk to the lookout point with some great views of the mesa. Pretty straight forward and flat, parking at the trailhead and not many people on the trail, which separates into a small loop towards the end. 7/5/17

Mon Jun 05 2017

nice, easy loop with several canyon overlooks. my wife was in the Balcony cliff dwelling tour, so i was able to see her from one of this hike's overlooks. i was a little under the weather for a long hike, and this one was good for me.

walking
Wed Feb 15 2017

Really good views of Balcony House. Easy trail but not paved.

hiking
Wed Nov 02 2016

Nice easy trail with some very nice views.

hiking
Fri May 29 2015

Nice easy trail, well marked, beautiful views. I broke in my new hiking boots on this trail!

hiking
Thu May 21 2015

Easy trail that offers great views of Soda Canyon, and of Balcony House

hiking
Thu Oct 03 2013

This is a very easy trail in to an overlook where you can see the length of Soda Canyon. The best part was viewing Balcony House. We had toured Balcony House the day before and it was great to get pictures looking into the house. Also able to get pictures of the ladders to climb into and out of the Balcony House.

hiking
Sun May 25 2003

Great view of Balcony house on an easy trail

recorded Soda Canyon Overlook Trail

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hiking
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